From 2000 to 2003, AB Groupe had produced alternate English dubs of the Dragon Ball franchise for the UK & Canada. These dubs featured voices from Canadian dubbing studios Ocean Productions and Blue Water. AB later decided to produce alternate English dubs of the films & TV specials. However, YTV (Canadian broadcaster of the previous AB Groupe dubs) opted not to broadcast them. YTV at the time was adhering to a Canadian broadcasting rule which forced a certain amount of programming to be produced in the country, so now AB Groupe did not have to produce these dubs in Canada; they instead took a much cheaper route and had these dubs recorded in an unknown European country (presumably France).
These dubs are notorious for having poor voice acting and strange character nomenclature, for example Krillin is named Klirin, Bulma is named Blooma, "Saiyans" are called "Space Warriors" and Super Saiyans are called "Super Warriors." The scripts were based on AB Groupe's French dubs of the films. These dubs have been nicknamed the "Big Green" dub, because Piccolo's name in these dubs was changed to "Big Green."
DVDs and VHS tapes of this dub were distributed in the UK through Warner Vision during 2003. Despite earlier being aired on Toonami UK, only the movies Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, and Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug were distributed on home video there due to poor sales. However, Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies, Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle, Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure, the first nine Dragon Ball Z movies and the two TV specials were all dubbed into English by this particular cast. The AB Groupe English dub of the Dragon Ball Z movies/specials had a complete release in the Netherlands through Bridge Entertainment.
Dragon Ball ZEdit
AB Groupe's English dub of the Dragon Ball Z films/specials was released out of order on DVD & VHS in the Netherlands. Some of the titles were changed, but most based on Toei's original English titles for each movie.
- DBZ Movie 1 - Super Battle in the World (Movie 3)
- DBZ Movie 2 - The Strongest Guy in the World (Movie 2)
- DBZ Movie 3 - Super Saiyan, Goku (Movie 4)
- DBZ Movie 4 - Super Rivals (Movie 5)
- DBZ Movie 5 - Fight! 10 Billion Power Warriors (Movie 6)
- DBZ Movie 6 - Super Battle of the Three Super Saiyans (Movie 7)
- DBZ Movie 7 - The Burning Battles (Movie 8)
- DBZ Movie 8 - Super Guy in the Galaxy (Movie 9)
- DBZ Movie 9 - The Father of Goku (Special 1)
- DBZ Movie 10 - Gohan and Trunks (Special 2)
- DBZ Movie 11 - In Pursuit of Garlic (Movie 1)
- DB Movie 1 - The Legend of Shenron
- DB Movie 2 - Sleeping Beauty in Devil Castle
- DB Movie 3 - The Great Mystical Adventure
Dragon Ball GTEdit
As shown above, fans have confirmed that Toonami UK aired an English dub for Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy. This dub has not been released on VHS or DVD in any territories.
The names of the cast used in this dub has never been disclosed, although it has long been believed that the cast consisted of American and British actors living in France. Some fans have also speculated that members of the cast may have appeared in the animated series Code Lyoko.
In 2015, actress Sharon Mann was confirmed as the voice of Krillin in this dub as well as other characters, including some adult male characters (e.g. Vegeta's adult form in The Father of Goku sounds the same as his child form).
Other voice actors such as Jodi Forrest, David Gasman, Doug Rand and Paul Bandey are also now strongly believed to have appeared in this dub (although they have not been officially confirmed yet). Before he was identified, many people referred to Paul Bandey as the "Old Bastard" (and many still do) due to him sounding quite old and poorly voicing a large number of characters. It was recently revealed that Ed Marcus was also involved in this dub, having voiced some roles that were originally claimed to be performed by Bandey. Some fans have even joked to have found that there was a second "Old Bastard."
Even before information for identifying the voice actors started to be determined, Forrest had confirmed her involvement in this dub in a Code Lyoko-themed forum. She said that she had performed the voice of young Gohan.
- The original Japanese soundtrack by Shunsuke Kikuchi was retained, although the Japanese opening "Cha-La Head-Cha-La" and Japanese insert songs were occasionally replaced with instrumental mixes.
- AB Groupe's previous English dub done with Ocean often avoided words such as "kill" (presumably due to pressure from broadcasters Toonami UK and YTV). However, such terms are used freely in this dub, despite the fact it was also aired on Toonami UK.